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Developing Self-Direction in an Online Course through Computer-Mediated Interaction


American Journal of Distance Education Volume 17, Number 3, ISSN 0892-3647


Using content analysis to analyze transcripts from a graduate course conducted via computer conferencing, this study confirmed that students exhibit self-direction as indicated by both the variety and the extent of concrete self-directed activities. Furthermore, the study explained how students are self-directed in a computer conferencing course by focusing on the instructor and peers roles. Results indicated that the computer conferencing course was learner-centered through a high degree of student participation and initiation, and self-direction was developed through both learner-instructor and learner-learner interaction.


Lee, J. & Gibson, C.C. (2003). Developing Self-Direction in an Online Course through Computer-Mediated Interaction. American Journal of Distance Education, 17(3), 173-187. Retrieved February 29, 2020 from .

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